[🎙️ Seedcamp Firsts] How to set up a fully remote and distributed team. Lessons from Maze and Gitlab 

In a new edition of Seedcamp Firsts, April Hoffbauer, Vice President of People at Maze, Seedcamp-backed global and fully distributed startup Maze, speaks with our Director, Natasha Lytton, about how to set up building a remote, fully-distributed, and asynchronous team as an early stage startup.


While remote requires a great deal of forethought and planning, it opens up a whole new world of talent that you don’t have otherwise.

April Hoffbauer


Listen to the full conversation on your favourite platform, or read it here.

Key takeaways: 

  • You have to invest in remote early and be intentional in how you think about it;
  • You need to set your people up for success with the right tools and products for them to be able to use that;
  • It requires a transparent decision-making process from the leadership;
  • Documentation is more important than ever;
  • There are all these other things that come into it from an ops perspective or compliance perspective that you may not have been thinking about;
  • It’s not necessarily the easiest default to be distributed first, but the benefits that it can have from a democratization and inclusivity perspective are massive;
  • There is no playbook that you can go and replicate from company to company. You have to figure out what makes sense for you and your team and the culture that you want to cultivate and build;
  • Be open to trying new things and doing things that might fail.


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